Numerous studies have confirmed that your oral health is directly linked to your overall health. Studies have shown a direct link between poor oral hygiene and cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory infections and even stroke. Oral infections can lead to bacteria in the blood stream, elevated blood sugar levels and build-up of plaque in arteries! Delaying dental visits can also be more expensive in the long run: stopping build-up of calculus or decay early can save you from a painful toothache as well as more expensive dental procedures later. Keeping regular visits to your dentist and dental hygienist is important in not only keeping a dazzling smile but also keeping you healthy.
While it may be tempting to put off dental visits following COVID-19, it is important to keep your dental appointments. These visits will look a little different than in the past:
Prescreening: Prior to being seen in the dental office and when we confirm your dental appointment, you will be asked whether you have traveled to areas of high COVID-19 cases or come in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the virus, if you have had cough, fever, or shortness of breath, and if you have had any other symptoms. Upon arriving at the dental office, these questions will be reviewed for any changes and your temperature will be taken.
Your visit: We request, unless you require physical assistance from a care-taker, that you do not bring anyone with you to your dental appointment. Upon arrival, please call the office and let us know. We will open the door for you and you will be brought directly into the operatory for your visit. At the end of your appointment, you will escorted outside to ensure separation between patients.
Infection control: As you know, infection control is always a priority. Rooms are always thoroughly sanitized between patients. All surfaces and instruments are sterilized prior to each appointment. Our office follows protocols outlined by the American Dental Association (ADA) as well the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep our patients and our staff safe and healthy.
If you are thinking of skipping your next dental appointment, consider the importance of your oral health to your well-being. Rest assured that our office is implementing every precaution and safety measure to keep you safe during your visit.